The city is awash in the aromas emanating from a glut of coffee bars, the neighborhood outside his condo building has sprouted gallery upon gallery, and even his long cherished diner has evolved into a trendy eatery for local hipsters. But the glam is strictly surface, for the grit under the city's fingernail The Seattle that Beau knew as a young policeman is disappearing.
But the glam is strictly surface, for the grit under the city's fingernails is caked with blood. Beau and his new partner Sue Danielson, a struggling single parent, are assigned the murder of an elderly woman torched to death in her bed. As their investigation proceeds, Beau and Sue become embroiled in a perilous series of events that will leave them and their case shattered -- and for Beau nothing will ever be the same again.
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Breach of Duty
Published November 9th by Avon first published January 1st More Details Original Title. Beaumont Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Breach of Duty , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order.
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Dec 09, Gerard rated it liked it. Jance is a lot better when in first person. Good read! Dec 04, Cheryl Bradley rated it really liked it. In Breach of Duty, once again, Seattle homicide detective J. Beaumont finds himself investigating murders without his supervisor's consent.
Beaumont is working two unrelated cases--the death of a retired woman by suspected arson and a grisly Seward Park case involving role-playing gamers acting out games with real human remains.
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At first, it is thought the Agnes Ferman case was another sad statistic of a person falling asleep smoking in bed, but further investigation of the scene reveals traces In Breach of Duty, once again, Seattle homicide detective J. At first, it is thought the Agnes Ferman case was another sad statistic of a person falling asleep smoking in bed, but further investigation of the scene reveals traces of accelerant.
Many of the bills are uncirculated even though they were printed decades ago. Interviewing those closest to Ferman reveals others thought her a mean woman, and everyone seems to have a motive to want her dead, from her sister to her sister-in-law to the rich and powerful Considine family who used to employ Agnes.
Warned by the granddaughter of an Indian shaman, J. The shaman's curse seems to be coming true as one-by-one individuals who handled the bones are suddenly striken very ill or killed. Beaumont fears for the safety of the informant who tipped the police and that of his partner, Sue Danielson, who orginally removed the bones from the park scene. Once again, Jance brings us to Seattle in a gripping tale of murder, blackmail, and mystery. Jance's characters ring true and one can't help but root for Beau as he unravels his latest cases.
May 30, Dominique rated it really liked it. I love the series but one thing I'm starting to notice is that the characters all have the same type of talk.
For instance many of JA's characters say--at the end of a sentence "You see" another thing many of her characters say is "Six ways to Sunday" I'm assuming these two sayings are a Seattle thing being that the author lives there and the series is based in Seattle. But I don't think it's wise for all of her characters to occasionally say those things when most of the time her characters are I love the series but one thing I'm starting to notice is that the characters all have the same type of talk. But I don't think it's wise for all of her characters to occasionally say those things when most of the time her characters are from all over and from different backgrounds and ethnicity.
But of course I love the series and will continue to read it. It's something I simply noticed. View 2 comments. Another good entry as Beaumont and his partner investigate two cases. Action-packed and, at the end, emotionally stunning, this is Beaumont at his best. Mar 08, Dave Nichols rated it liked it Shelves: cop-story.
Another good book in the Beaumont series. This one has a nice touch and a not at all nice touch at the end.
Dec 07, Cheryl Cooper rated it it was amazing. Very good read. Love this series. Jan 23, Brenda Schumacher rated it it was amazing. I just really like the JP Beaumont character; he's a tough guy but has a gentleman quality ingrained in him by his single mom, his "mostly" successful struggles thru alcoholism, and of course how he always catches the bad guy.
One of my favorite aspects, of course, are all the references in and around the Seattle area. I can picture just where he is one many of his adventures. I believe this one to be my favorite so far, the plot was good and the mystery kept me guessing. It's an older series but I just really like the JP Beaumont character; he's a tough guy but has a gentleman quality ingrained in him by his single mom, his "mostly" successful struggles thru alcoholism, and of course how he always catches the bad guy.
It's an older series but still I recommend for my fellow murder mystery book lovers. It's usually ok to read this series in any order - or at least it has been. In this one I knew a very bad, terrible thing was going to happen because I had read a later one. Jaime Carbajal. Ken Leggett.
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